Published on Monday August 17, 2009
Recent Ph.D. alumna Jessica Schiffman's (advisor: Caroline Schuaer) award-winning image is now part of a traveling exhibition.
"Squidsuckers: The Little Monsters That Feed the Beast" received Honorable Mention in the Photography category of the sixth annual International Science & Engineering Visualization Challenge (SciVis), sponsored by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the journal Science, published by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) in September 2008. Schiffman's image, compiled while researching chitin properties in the lab of Dr. Caroline Schauer, portrays the fanglike structures, 400 micrometers in diameter, that a squid uses to latch onto its prey.
From June 16, 2009 through August 16, 2009, Schiffman's image was displayed along with 14 other winning SciVis entries at the American University Museum in Washington, D.C. A public reception was held on June 27, 2009 in honor of all of the exhibitions at the museum at that time. From February 2010 through May 2010, the exhibit will be displayed at the New York Hall of Science.
Schiffman graduated with her Ph.D. this June and is pursuing her postdoctoral studies at Yale University with Professor Menachem Elimelech, chair of the Department of Chemical Engineering and director of the Environmental Engineering program. She was selected as the doctoral student deemed to have the most promise in enhancing Drexel's reputation in the future in the Mathematical Sciences and Engineering in 2009.